“The Versailles of America”
Whitemarsh Hall, the Wyndmoor estate of Edward T. Stotesbury, was known as the “Versailles of America” and was one of the largest and most exquisitely designed estates in the country. Stotesbury, a prominent investment banker, commissioned renowned Philadelphia architect, Horace Trumbauer, to build the 147-room mansion in 1916 on 300 acres in Springfield Township. Its destruction was the impetus for the founding of the Springfield Historical Society in 1985.
STHS, with its many original construction photographs, has the leading collection of images depicting the lavish interiors and gardens. Anyone interested in seeing this impressive collection should visit the archives.